NATIONAL SCHOOLS’ HOCKEY – SUCCESS AND DISAPPOINTMENT


The U18 and U16 hockey squads had both qualified for the North West Finals this week.

It was the U18 competition on Tuesday. As one team had dropped out we played a round robin competition with 5 teams.

Our first match was against Stoneyhurst College from Lancashire which we won 2-1.

We then drew our second match 1-1 with Sedburgh School from Cumbria.

After our rest we played St Edward’s College, Merseyside and won 8-0.

The result was to be decided on our final match against Lymm High School from Cheshire. We had to win the match to give us a chance of winning the tournament. We did this in style, winning 5-0. Sedburgh also won their final match so we had the same number of points. The tournament was to be decided on goal difference. Sedburgh’s goal difference was +7 and ours was + 14. We had won the tournament and now go through to the North Final at Leeds University on Thursday 24th November. Well done to the joint captains, Rebecca and Rosie and their team.

Thank you to Sean Hadfield from Bowdon who came along to help coach the team. He was a great inspiration to them and their success. Thank you also to the many parents who came to support us throughout the day.

Sean with the team
What are you doing!!!!!!!!!

It was the turn of the U16 team on Thursday.

As all qualifying teams were playing the organisation of the tournament was slightly different. There were two sections of three team. To qualify for the semi finals you had to finish top or runners up.

We won our first match against Hill House School from South Yorkshire and then drew our second match 1-1 against Queen’s School, Chester.

This time we missed out on goal difference finishing second in our section. This meant that we had to play the winners of the other section Sedburgh School from Cumbria. This was always going to be a tough match. Unfortunatly we could not get our game together and were 2-0 down with 10 minutes to go. We did score a late penalty corner but we had not left ourselves enough time to score another to equalise so we lost 2-1. This was really disappointing as the girls knew they could have played much better. These things happen though. We will just have to get our own back next time.